As medical marijuana continues to gain ground across the US, more and more colleges are adding cannabis to their curriculum.
In fact, more than half of America's pharmaceutical schools (62 percent) now teach students about medical marijuana according to a new survey conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy.
"With more states legalizing medical marijuana, student pharmacists must be prepared to effectively care for their patients who may use medical marijuana alone or in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications," the study's authors wrote.
The survey also found that 40 percent of the schools that teach medical marijuana are located instates that don't have not legalized medicinal cannabis yet. This perhaps signals that these institutions can feel the winds of change coming and are trying to get ahead of the curve.
And more schools will soon be joining the fold. Within the next 12 months, the number of pharmaceutical schools teaching medical marijuana could reach as high as 85 percent, according to the study. And that training could have a huge impact since many doctors still don't feel prepared to discuss cannabis treatments with their patients. Training members of the pharmaceutical community to be more knowledgable about marijuana could help medical professionals consider it as a legitimate form of medicine.
These effects will, of course, take a few years to impact the patient facing pharmacies, but things are clearly heading in the right direction.